Construction workers at Florida school concerned about possible asbestos exposure

12 Aug 2013 by under News

florida school asbestos 100x100 Construction workers at Florida school concerned about possible asbestos exposureWorkers involved in an extensive remodeling project at a elementary school are concerned they may have been exposed to asbestos. They sent photos to the local Fox4 television station showing a hallway closed off with plastic and posted with “Danger – Asbestos” signage at Tice Grammar School in Fort Myers, Fla.

Lee County School District officials did not confirm nor deny that asbestos is present at the school, but told Fox 4 reporters in an email that any asbestos removal is done in compliance with Department of Environmental Protection standards. It said inspections conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration () on July 24 and July 31 found no issues with asbestos.

Still, workers question why, if there isn’t asbestos on the site, the basement hallway is blocked and marked with “Danger” signs indicating asbestos is present. An electrician, who requested anonymity out of fear for his job, told Fox 4 he doesn’t believe it’s a safe work area.

“The dust gets on your clothes, gets on your shoes, it gets in your hair,” he told the TV station.

The school district says it is in compliance with the law, and that the building has been properly inspected and any asbestos will be properly contained.

Asbestos exposure – even in tiny amounts – has been linked to the development of mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer. Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen or, rarely, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.

Source: Fox 4 News

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